Jan 5, 2016
The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2015(Da Nang, Vietnam)
- November 16-21, 2015
- Furama Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam
The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2015 was held November 16 – 21, 2015 at the Furama Resort in Da Nang, Vietnam, under the theme of “Global Targets Local Benefits.” The event was co-sponsored by the Vietnamese government, the city of Da Nang, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other organizations.
The Opening Ceremony, held on the afternoon of November 16, was attended by more than 500 persons from PEMSEA Country and Non-Country Partners. Greetings were offered by officials who included the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam and the Chairman of Da Nang People’s Committee.
The three days from November 17 through November 19 featured presentations in three sessions: 1) A Decade of Partnerships in Sustainable Development of the Seas of East Asia: Synergies and Achievements, 2) Accelerating Actions for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and 3) From Vision to Reality: Aligning the Global Agenda with Local Benefits.
The Session 2, Workshop 1 on November 17 was co-chaired by Dr. Keita Furukawa (Director of Marine Research and Development, Ocean Policy Research Institute) and Prof. Osamu Matsuda (Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima University). The workshop was devoted to case studies on the topic of “Good Practices, Innovation and Impacts in ICM Applications in Japan.”
The first half of the workshop was devoted to the status of Satoumi creation activities as presented by Mr. Hideto Uranaka (Assistant Director, Satoumi Promotion Section, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Department, Shima City), Mr. Hokuto Mikoshiba (Director, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Division, Industry Department, Obama City) and Mr. Takehiro Tanaka (Executive Director, Research Association for Satoumi Creation).
The second half of the workshop featured three presentations. Dr. Tetsuo Yanagi (Principal Researcher, International EMECS Center) gave a presentation entitled ”Development of Coastal Management Method to Realize the Sustainable Coastal Sea.” Prof. Takeshi Hidaka (Professor, Kinki University) gave a presentation entitled “A Hypothesis of Multistage Management for Satoumi as Integrated Coastal Management.” And Dr. Osamu Matsuda (Professor, Emeritus, Hiroshima University) gave a presentation entitled “Present Status of Satoumi Activities in Japan: Case Studies on the Role of Satoumi in Coastal Management,” on the status of implementation of “The Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S-13: Development of Coastal Management Method to Realize the Sustainable Coastal Sea” by the International EMECS Center (which it has done since FY 2014 at the request of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment).
Posters designed to publicize the activities of the International EMECS Center were displayed in the exhibition booths that had been set up in the lobby of the venue. These included posters about the International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS), which is held by the International EMECS Center every two to three years in countries around the world, and about “The Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S-13: Development of Coastal Management Method to Realize the Sustainable Coastal Sea.”
Dr. Osamu Matsuda (Deputy Chair, Board of Directors, International EMECS Center) and Mr. Yasuo Kawawaki (Secretariat Director, International EMECS Center) attended the meeting of the Special East Asian Seas Partnership Council that was held on Wednesday, November 18, as well as the Ministerial Forum that was held on Friday, November 20. In the field trip held on Saturday, November 21, the attendees enjoyed a drive and observed the coastline off Da Nang.